Recruiting: Andrew Mitchell To Visit OSU

Unbeaten Snow Community College (11-0) and its All-American left tackle Andrew Mitchell are working in preparation for their upcoming National Championship game on Dec. 1 against Butler County C.C., Kan. But after practice Tuesday they'll take a break for Thanksgiving and Mitchell will continue his pursuit of his future home.

The 6-5, 305-pound Mitchell is a native of Choctaw where he played his high school football for the Yellow Jackets as a tight end. Since leaving Choctaw he has been on his two-year Mormon mission and last spring at Snow underwent a position change.

"Last year at Snow I was a tight end and weighed 240 pounds," said Mitchell of his football metamorphesis. "During camp I suffered a knee injury, an ACL tear, and my season was done. Then during rehab and in the spring I was doing a lot of body work. My coach told me I was a good tight end, but if I moved to offensive tackle I could really go somewhere."

Mitchell took the challenge on head on. Snow needed an offensive left tackle and by the end of the spring semester he had put on 25 pounds and weighed in at 265 pounds.

"In one month, July, I gained 20 pounds and lost two-percent body fat," said an excited Mitchell. "I went to this place down in Tempe Ariz., Athlete's Performance, and that really worked out well."

Athlete's Performance is where many college players go to prepare for the NFL Combine, but the facility suited Mitchell just fine in preparing him to get noticed by four-year schools. He has two years to play his final two years and will be ready to transfer at midterm. All very attractive, but the football had to work out.

"I'm very comfortable at offensive tackle," he said. "I really acclimated pretty well. Left tackle was a good match for me with my athleticism (remember he was a tight end). That athleticism makes up some for lack of technique. Things have become really crazy in recruiting. Every school that watched tape of me and needed a tackle offered a scholarship almost immediately."

Mitchell visited two schools last weekend, making official visits to Arizona and Arizona State. He said both are graduating senior tackles and have a gap back to redshirt freshmen and are looking for him to come in and fill the gap.

Mitchell said he will visit Oklahoma State on Wednesday, while home on Thanksgiving break.

"I'm trying to speed up the process, so I'm going in there on Wednesday with my parents and look around the campus and sit down and talk with the coaches to see what they are expecting," explained the 22-year-old Mitchell. "I was supposed to visit there on Dec. 7, but this way I can speed up the process some.

"If it were up to my family I would be signed and on my way to Oklahoma State, and done with it," he added saying that it would be nice to get back to Oklahoma. "Family is a huge part of the decision, but I have to be a little selfish about the decision. I have a small window and I need to go to a place that really fits me and a school that really needs me."

Mitchell will also make an official visit to North Carolina State over the weekend, and Kansas has jumped in and he will look to check out the Jayhawks after Snow plays in the national title game. South Florida and Syracuse have offered and are recruiting him strongly as well, but the other five seem to be the schools he will decide between.

Mitchell appears to be a difference maker at offensive tackle. He is smart (wants to get his degree in Pyschology with a Spanish minor and is considering law school), he's mature, and extremely athletic for an offensive lineman -- think former Cowboy Charlie Johnson now with the Indianapolis Colts.

The time for his decision is short so Mitchell won't be keeping all of his interested suitors waiting long.

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